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This photo is showing you the old cafe, which sold teas and coffees in the cinema building. Closed down in 1999, the cafe remains unused after all these years. In today's Butlins, as of 2019, this has been boarded up and no plans are yet known to what they wish to do with this. I believe the boarded up area is to use this area as storage but I could be wrong.
Here is another view of this forgotten area.
This gives you an idea of the layout and how it looked for this small cafe area. There was some tables but not many at this stage as it remained unused.
Here is the entrance to the cinema building, showing you some key areas of interest. The fencing on the small stage area is the design of the old Butlins Holiday Worlds. The carpet here also shows the Butlins Holiday Worlds logo.
This is leading towards the main cinema and it continues to show the former carpet.
The carpet remains as it did, over twelve years ago.
When the bowling was introduced to Butlins Minehead, it was originally located here with two lanes. This area was then changed into a club, as seen by the decoration.
This carpet is slightly different to the design as the logo but its from the Holiday Worlds era of Butlins.
Another part of the carpet showing the Butlins logo with a red background.
I was quite chuffed to see these here as my children have a great deal of fun digging the sand. These were placed outside, next to the Inn of the Green, however, today, they are no longer here. Also, note the doors behind me, they are the entrance to the old town passageway.
A classic ride of Butlins, this is within the closure that was originally attached to the funfair within the camp.
*I have blurred all other people to protect their identity.
Showing you my eldest and second child, they ride this with much joy and are happy to be on a Butlins ride.
*All other people have been blurred to protect their identity.
The ride that has a strong connection to our family history as this was the first ever ride my daughter would go one but not in this year, you can see that later on.
An excellent photo of me and my two boys on a classic ride that has been in Butlins for a very long time. This one has seen so many changes the resort.
This climbing frame is no more in today's Butlins and has been replaced with a bouncy castle. Shown here, it was used as an alternative for those who wished to go on a slide.
My two boys love this ride a great deal, it was fun for them to go high and then low.
Not exactly how I use to remember this scene back in the Holiday Worlds. Showing the Pavilion, we see the Firehouse Grill and the entrance to the Mall.
The location of the Embassy Bar, the very famous Bonkers Club, the Irish bar and of course, the Inn on the Green. This has changed a great deal now with an extension being added for the Inn on Green bar.
Showing my son his favorite ride, I have placed this on here to show another area that is no more in today's Butlins. In the children's funfair, there is a stage that was to the right-hand side. In this case, you can see in the photo at the rear. This stage was very rarely used and just sat there collecting dust. Today, this has been removed, a small coffee shop is there and the climbing frame that was once the side of Burger King is now located here.
The lake use to be much bigger back in the early days of Butlins Minehead. Reaching from the entrance to the second entrance, it was an alternative form of entertainment as you boarded a boat. They went a long time ago as this changed to allow boats that customers used to get around. Then there was the change, in the '90s, Rank changed the format of this layout to move the funfair to the front of the camp. This was a success as day visitors were allowed to pay for a ride. The lake would then reduce to half its size until the go-karts relocated to the front of the cinema. In 2005, more of the lake was removed as the plans to build Blue Skies had started. The lake was then reduced to around 1/3 of its original size. The photo above is showing that they used the lake once again for alternative entertainment, which I am happy to say I did and it was fun.
The buses are no longer allowed onto the resort when they changed the layout at the front of the resort. This photo is also showing an extra with the previous logo on show at the entrance with a background.
The car ride at the rear of the funfair.
When my children were much younger, they use to love playing in the sandpits and these boats. You can still see these in Butlins today as they were relocated to the Beachcomber Inn with plants within them.
Featuring my second child, you can see the second sand pit with the boat within.
My children had always prepared for the day and one of them was to keep the bed warm.
If you travel back in the Holiday World era,
Of course you have the Seagull of Minehead looking for its next meal, we also see the old layout of front of the Crazy Horse Saloon, screaming out to entertain its guest once again. So many memories from this photo that I had taken.
An important photo of two grounds, one being that you see my two boys sitting on these items, we also see the old shop in the background. Known as News Break at this stage, this photo shows you the layout before the change to the Diner, as we know it today.
This photo shows you two key areas of Butlins Minehead, one being the entrance to the Crazy Horse Saloon and the second is the Green Baize, at this stage known as Lazer tag (name might be wrong but that was what it basically was within). This building had seen the least development in the main units to remain in place. At this stage, only the end featuring Burger King has been added, the toilets in the Crazy Horse have been halved and the former games room is now Lazer tag entertainment.
Small Interesting areas: When you visit this location next time, take note of the staircase. This has not changed since the Rank era and has remained as it was all these years as Centre Stage one has seen upgrades to it. Also note the door to the right, which has an escalator within it and remains as of 2019. Closed and turned off a long time ago and just remained there.
** ONLY GO IN IF ALLOWED!!**
This was reasonably new at the time as it uses to be a green area doing nothing. Bourne invested money into this small part and introduce another great free area for children to play on whilst the adults can get a pint or coffee from the Yacht club next door. If you were to travel back in time to this location, you would also be smelling the kebab shop preparing for the night.
Before it changed into his current name, the Beachcomber Inn, this location used to be called the Sun and Moon pub and it looked like this within.
Introduced in the 90's, we see the start of the premier chalets. These were at this stage considered the very best on offer at Butlins Minehead. Unlike the ones in Skegness, these are half board only meaning that there is no kitchen. However, there was all the other items, such as large TV with DVD, fridge, bath with shower, second TV and patio. They remain in use in today's Butlin's and are indeed worth staying in at some stage.
The quality is superb and the design is outstanding to see, certainly a change from when it was the standard dining rooms we see in the before Butlin's, showing how the expectations have changed a great deal.
Not much has really changed at this stage of Butlins as the mall continues to act as a pathway from a - b.
I took this photo for a very good reason, well two really, one is because my children are on it and it was going to be that one time I will get that special photo. The second reason is that this track has that feeling of being special, has that old feeling to it. Maybe it's me but I found it to have that magical feeling behind it. '
Showing you one of my favorite areas of Butlins, the chalets. This one has an added extra area. If you remember in a previous photos (2010), I mentioned that there was a sign system in place that is disused. The idea is that village had a symbol and you followed this using the signs on the floor until you had seen them on the chalet. Here is one still on the show before the makeover. In this case, it's a big blue square.
In this photo, we see the former location of where the flumes would enter the pool. Current this is the funfair area.
The Highwayman pub had first appeared in the early '90s. It was told that the pub was built as there were many caravan/lodge owners who disliked going into the main centre for a drink. Rank, the owners at the time, built this as a solution and as alternative entertainment. During the early days, there was cooked food and on some occasions, BBQ but the pub started to get less used in time. The kitchen was closed and the pub was removed from maps and entertainment guides. Today, it remains as the same use for the lodges and caravans but also for the use of staff. It's open to all and has a peaceful feeling but again is frozen in time.
Taken of at the front of the resort at near night time, showing you a powerful part of history coming back to Butlin's. Stunning view and amazing to see.
The inside of the Highwayman pub has not changed a great deal over the years. It has had a fresh coat of paint and new lighting on the walls, otherwise, it pretty much stays the same as I remember it as a teenager. When I walked around the side, I was able to see that the kitchen remains in 2012 but unused.
The television of the Highway man remains in place where you can watch the sports and listen to music. The Wii shown here is free to use as is the pool table at the time.
Considering that the Highwayman pub has had the least amount of investment, it's still in great condition in most parts. My only wish is that more is done, open it up as a BBQ meal and alternatives, such as karaoke in here or something similar.
I am showing this photo as there is an item here that interested me a great deal. That lamppost is the design from the Rank era of Butlins and continued to stand for all these years.
There is something about these that I love a great deal, self catering units. It makes you think about how Sir Billy Butlin had vision how his camp was to look like.
The classics always have that extra meaning.
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